This could very well be the slogan of those nameless faceless entities out there, who are plotting to blow up civilized society as we know it……. Or maybe even shoot at , one group at a time…..
Most of you would have read about the grenade casually tossed into the crowd at a crowded bus station (where else do you expect there to be crowds in India?….. how about movie halls, shopping malls, open areas, wherever…. we have people!) https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/jammu-grenade-blast-police-apprehend-another-suspect/articleshow/68337984.cms
You might also have been horrified about the ‘terror’ attack on mosque(s) in New Zealand (https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/19/asia/christchurch-attack-intl/index.html) . While this may be an isolated act or a portent of an unstable future , what is real , is that these kinds of incidents will happen, and maybe will happen more frequently, anywhere and everywhere in the world, whether it is the isolated act of a ”madman” or the planned unleashing of terror by quasi religious fanatics.
Let me ask you to have a quick look at an earlier post of mine dealing with Personal Emergency Preparedness
…. Ask yourself at this point …. “Is my family important to me?” , ” Do I have loved ones, people that I care about ?”……. ” Can I do something to prepare myself and my loved ones?”…..
Its as easy as A, B, C , D …….
A – Always be Alert.…… Be conscious of your surroundings…. Be aware of unattended objects , baggage, cars , two wheelers……
B- Be Cautious.….. when dealing with suspicious strangers, or with unidentified objects…. Call the Police or the Emergency Response personnel in your area. They are trained to deal with “situations” , you are NOT.
C – Be Cool…… If you have a plan , you can be “Cool”… Even if you dont have a plan, if you have thought about it beforehand, if you have discussed emergencies with your loved ones, you can play it “Cool”
D – Deal with it.…. Respond… in the best way that you can. Remember you are not trained to deal with Emergencies or Crisis situations… however, you can deal with your family, you can deal with taking care of your loved ones…. Make a plan, and rehearse it, and stick to it.
Or even as simple as 1, 2, 3……
- Each family member should memorize the mobile number of one local contact and one out of town contact and preferably the landline number too.
- Each family member should understand the importance of sending an SMS (not a whatsapp message) in preference to a “call” at the time of a crisis.
- Each family member should know of a pre-decided “safe place” to rendezvous, within the area of residence, within the city , and outside the city……
It goes without saying , that you need to Rehearse, Repeat, Reinforce and Practice .… may sound difficult, however if you truly care about your family and your loved ones, its worth the effort. Remember , the “bad guys” are out there…. and they dont care about you or your family…………………..
YOU have to do , whatever it takes…….
For concerned individuals, those who care about their loved ones, you may reach out to me directly for assistance and guidance, gratis…..
For Corporates / HR Depts / Institutions…. this is a paid service that is worth every bit of the money you will spend on safeguarding your employees!
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For those in earthquake prone areas, a simple, easy to read book available at this link is worth a quick look-see, preferably to be shared with all your family members….. https://toolkit.ineesite.org/resources/ineecms/uploads/1057/Basic_Disaster_Awareness_Handbook.pdf
The time to act is ,,,,,,…..,,,,,,, NOW!